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We all have one (sometimes more) of those friends who is so constantly busy that you can never catch them at home, or even on the phone. You figure that they’ve got to slow down and rest at some point, but they never seem to run out of energy.
Armed with the success and satisfaction of past accomplishments (working in your chosen field, raising a family, volunteering), retirement presents a great opportunity for “Chapter Two” – doing something you’ve always dreamed of but never had time for in your “Chapter One” schedule.
According to an August 2010 study conducted by Allstate Financial, the Top 10 Retirement Activities that Soon-To-Be-Retired Baby Boomers plan to pursue are:
Spending more time with family & friends
Hobbies – something that they enjoyed but didn’t have time for in Chapter 1, or perhaps something completely new
Of course, you might be itching for something even more exciting and exotic. Ernie J. Zelinski, author of The Joy of Not Working and How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free cites not-so-typical retirees whose activities might be more aligned with your own, including:
- Mountain Climbing – 91-year-old Hulda Crooks climbed Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the continental U.S.
- Earn a Degree – 88-year-old Doris Eaton Travis earned her degree in history from the University of Oklahoma
- Champion a Cause – 94-year-old Fred Kummerow filed a petition in September 2009 for the FDA to ban trans fat from the American diet.
- And 71-year-old Ardell Lien, took a solo round-the-world voyage in October 2006 to promote organ transplants. He was the first heart and kidney recipient to accomplish this feat.
- Extreme Travel – few of us can travel as far as John Glenn who, at 88, was the oldest man in space, but he is living proof that age is not an excuse for limits.
Active adults are living the life they’ve always dreamed in their low-maintenance ranch-style Windsong home. Each Windsong active retirement community was designed with walkable streets and a private fitness center in the clubhouse, neighbors with similar life-stage experiences, and home designs that maximize accessibility, minimize hassles and provide an opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle.
Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!